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Welcome to Weekly Whisper #131.

Error 429

We’ve entered the ‘silly season’.

At this time of year (and some would argue all year round) we often find ourselves caught in the relentless rhythm of Error 429—too many requests, too much data.

I’m not a techie so only found out recently that in computer code Error 429 is a server response when there have been too many requests for a particular web page or site. How I read and interpreted it – we’re full.

Consider the over-whelmed worker caught in the crossfire of never-ending emails, meetings, requests and project deadlines. The incessant demands on their time and attention become akin to a flood of requests bombarding a server. Just as a server may struggle to process an overflow of data, the overwhelmed worker finds themselves grappling with an overflow of tasks, each vying for their immediate attention.

Everything appears like it needs to be completed before everyone heads off on a holiday break – and if it isn’t we can pick it up in February!

I’ve also experienced on a personal level, the social invitations and obligations we encounter can also mirror the 429 error. Imagine attending numerous events, parties, and gatherings in quick succession. It's akin to our social "server" being inundated with connection requests. The result? We may find ourselves emotionally and physically drained, unable to respond adequately to the relational requests flooding our personal space.

And all at a time when most of us are tyring to find time to connect with family.

A recent study by Accenture suggests up to 41% of frequent tech users say that technology has complicated their lives just as much as it has simplified it. Click here to read more.

As the study suggests, the human request limit has been reached.

If only it were as simply as 1,2,3.

1. Accept your limit has been reached

2. Remind yourself of what’s most important to you

3. Declutter and practice FOMO – the FREEDOM of MISSING OUT

Simple, but not easy.

Quote of the week:
Silence isn’t empty. It’s full of answers - Anonymous

And an answer that might come to you in silence is the idea that we have two lives and the second one begins when we realise we only have one. What will you do with it?

Question of the week:
Are you filled or fooled?

Is your attention filled with stuff that repairs, nurtures, enhances and inspires you?

Or are you fooled into thinking that the stuff your attention is filled with will somehow magically repair, nurture, enhance and inspire you post the initial boost?

Have you listened to Part 2 of Freedom Fridays Episode 80 Featuring Nickie Scriven?

Following on from Part 1 Episode 79, here is Part 2 of our conversation with Nickie Scriven, the brilliant mind behind Chief Meta Chicks. What unfolds is a dynamic dialogue filled with inspiration, raw truths, and profound insights, serving as a powerful reminder of our human potential.

Nickie bares it all, sharing the highs and lows of her personal and professional journey, complete with imperfections and an unyielding spirit, all while conquering Ironman Triathlons. Discover the driving force behind Chief Meta Chicks, a platform designed by Nickie to empower and support women founders and business owners. Pete and Nickie explore the significance of self-appreciation, as well as the art of thoughtful leadership and acknowledging others in the way they truly desire.

Enjoy the rest of the conversation.

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